Universe - Vide Cor Meum (See My Heart)





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Uploaded on May 14, 2011

The lyrics are from Dante's La Vita Nuova: And thinking of her Sweet sleep overcame me I am your master See your heart And of this burning heart Your heart Obediently eats. Weeping, I saw him then depart from me. Joy is converted To bitterest tears I am in peace My heart I am in peace See my heart

Dante to me is speaking about life, love and death. Difficult to separate them. They are interconnected. To live is to love but love in its clarity and finality is death. To love is to die and live at the same time. Dante swings and rocks the soul to sleep between the bitterness and the ecstasy of life. Sweet sleep. Death. I am in peace. Letting go. Desire is but a flame in the darkness of oblivion that will be put out. It is a resignation not to despair or to confusion but to the clarity of human fraility and the courage to rest in its inevitable fate. A passion for life must include a resolute acceptance of death. The past a dream, the future a hope, this moment is life.

The damp of the night drives deeper into my soul. Nothing can happen more beautiful than death.

-Walt Whitman

Sir Martin Rees:

Our brains are limited. It may take a posthuman species to work out the big questions.

"Einstein averred that "the most incomprehensible thing about the Universe is that it is comprehensible". He was right to be astonished. Our minds evolved to cope with life on the African savannah, but can comprehend a great deal about the counterintuitive microworld of atoms, and about the vastness of the cosmos.

Indeed, Einstein would have been specially gratified at how our cosmic horizons have expanded. Our Sun is one of a hundred billion stars in our galaxy, which is itself one of many billion of galaxies in range of our telescopes. And there is firm evidence that these all emerged from a hot dense "beginning" nearly 14 billion years ago. (...)

Science is a global culture. Its universality is specially compelling in my own subject of astronomy. The dark night sky is an inheritance we've shared with all humanity, throughout history. All have gazed up in wonder at the same vault of heaven, but interpreted it in diverse ways.

It's a cultural deprivation not to appreciate the panorama offered by modern cosmology and Darwinian evolution — the chain of emergent complexity leading from some still-mysterious beginning to atoms, stars and planets. And how, on our planet, life emerged and evolved into a biosphere containing creatures with brains able to ponder their origins. This common understanding should transcend all national differences — and all faiths too.

As science's frontiers expand, their periphery lengthens; new questions come into focus. But a fundamental issue then arises: are there some questions that will for ever flummox us? Are there intrinsic limits to our understanding?

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